I'm new here and I'm sorry if this question is stupid. But does the color of a car have even a minimal affect on the energy the car uses? Like, will a black car attract more heat than a white car and possibly cause the car's exterior to become hotter, acting like as an oven for the engine?
I'm sorry if this question is utterly dumb, but I was just curious to know and thought I'd ask.
Having a white car may help keep the engine hotter in winter - as black as a radiator, so the bonnet will emit more heat.
Having a black car on a winters day, when it is sunny, will probably keep the
engine warmer as the bonnet will be heated by the sun
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Having a Big White box xB the hood is insulated so the engine heat does not warm up the hood and it stays cool on hot sunny days HOWEVER the windows are dark tint which because the sun is lower on the horizon in the winter and the windows mostly vertical it ends up heating up the interior more in the winter than in the summer. White also radiates heat less so it tends to stay warmer in the winter. White also keeps the body cooler and tends to burn off the finish (wax) more slowly in the hot summer sun keeping it more aero thus cutting drag. Now anyone want to buy some juice? http://mymonavie.com/SystemOne/